In this week’s edition:
Democratic Party’s draft 2020 platform stops short of full adult-use legalization Sources report federal cannabis legalization may be voted on in September FDA issues draft guidance on clinical research involving cannabis and NIST launches standards program for labs DOJ doubles down on demand for unredacted cannabis license applications for a mysterious criminal investigation California proposes LED requirement for indoor growers White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing CBD product enforcement guidance submitted by FDA And more… Federal
Democratic Party’s Draft 2020 Platform Excludes Cannabis Legalization – The draft platform released by the Democratic National Committee’s platform drafting panel stops short of adult-use legalization, but includes decriminalization of possession, automatic expungement of prior cannabis convictions, federal rescheduling by the executive branch, and legalizing medical cannabis, as well as allowing states to set their own laws, all of which is in line with the recent recommendations of a task force organized by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Congress Planning Vote on Cannabis Legalization in September – Sources indicate that the House of Representatives is planning a floor vote on some version of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act (MORE) in early September, although the procedural mechanics are still in question. Such a vote might put pressure on the Senate to take action in support of a more modest federal legalization bill, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES).